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What is the difference between angular cheilitis and a cold sore?

What is the difference between angular cheilitis and a cold sore?

Totally different: Angular chelitis occurs at the corners of the mouth sometimes caused by saliva, if you drool at night. A cold sore is a goup of blisters caused by the herpes virus and is contagious. Angular chelitis is not contagious. Angulat chelitis can be treated with creams while cold sore are treated with anti-viral pills. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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What's the difference between a cold sore and angular cheilitis?

What's the difference between a cold sore and angular cheilitis?

Coldsore=herpes viru: Cold sores are caused by a virus and create a usually painful tender sore lasting 10 days to 2 weeks.
Angular cheilitis is the raw sore typically found at the corners of your mouth. ...Read more

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Can angular Chelitis come with tingling? I was told it's not a cold sore but there is still tingling

Can angular Chelitis come with tingling? I was told it's not a cold sore but there is still tingling

Of course: Tingling is not the way to define herpes. See a dermatologist. Herpes is a specific virus. Angular cheilitis is due to saliva drawn into a deep fold of skin. They have very different behaviors and different appearance. ...Read more

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Asked about my mouth sore that started as a cluster of blisters. Told me it was angular cheilitis, put a shot of cortisone in it. Not getting better?

Asked about my mouth sore that started as a cluster of blisters. Told me it was angular cheilitis, put a shot of cortisone in it. Not getting better?

Depends: Angular cheilitis is usually a yeast infection at the angles of the mouth and clears with antiyeast cream. Blisters are usually herpes virus which tends to affect the lining of the mouth on the gums, lips and hard palate. It may take several weeks for them to heal. Aphthous ulcers don't start as blisters but as shallow ulcers usually on the palate, cheeks and tongue that clear in 7-10 days. ...Read more

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White bumps near the corner of my mouth and on my top lips. Is this angular cheilitis? It feels sore when I lick it with my tongue

White bumps near the corner of my mouth and on my top lips. Is this angular cheilitis? It feels sore when I lick it with my tongue

Yes: Due to saliva. Often due to habitual licking of dry/cracked lips. Often due to saliva during sleep, common if you have braces or wear a mouth piece at night. Try frequent application of chapstick or vaseline (Aquaphor). ...Read more

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So since Friday I was pretty sure I had a cold blister on the corner of my lip until I read about angular cheilitis. Right now it's crusty any ideas??

So since Friday I was pretty sure I had a cold blister on the corner of my lip until I read about angular cheilitis. Right now it's crusty any ideas??

Difficult...: It is difficult to tell without looking at it but the fact that it started as a blister and now has developed a crust seems to be associated with a cold sore. Usually should go away in a few days. If it persists then you should get it seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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Angular cheilitis cracking, advice on meds?

Angular cheilitis cracking, advice on meds?

Chelitis: Many conditions and factors can precipitate transient or chronic cheilitis, including overexposure to the sun, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, medications, dehydration, diet and certain systemic diseases. Transient cheilitis typically requires no medical intervention. Treatment for chronic cheilitis depends on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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What should I do to take care of angular cheilitis?

What should I do to take care of angular cheilitis?

Steroid cream: Angular cheilitis could be a sign of vitamin or mineral deficiency including iron. Consider evaluating your diet and vitamin/mineral intake and consider seeing a dermatologist if it doesn't clear up for a steroid cream or other treatment. ...Read more

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What causes angular cheilitis and how can one treat it?

What causes angular cheilitis and how can one treat it?

Angular Cheilitis: Some causes are iron deficiency anemia, vitamin b2 deficiency, zinc deficiency, old age with missing teeth, chapped lips from cold weather, fungal infection, or medications that dry the skin. Treatment is treating the cause, such as topical antibiotics or vitamin supplement. ...Read more

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What is angular cheilitis caused by in kids and in adults?

What is angular cheilitis caused by in kids and in adults?

Chelitis: Many conditions and factors can precipitate transient or chronic cheilitis, including overexposure to the sun, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, medications, dehydration, diet and certain systemic diseases. Transient cheilitis typically requires no medical intervention. Treatment for chronic cheilitis depends on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Can angular cheilitis spread herpes?

Can angular cheilitis spread herpes?

Yes: The transmission of herpes is not 100% with contact but increases with any breaks in skin or contact with mucosal membranes. One could potentially "auto-inoculate" or spread the herpes virus to different parts of their body this way. ...Read more

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Why do I get angular cheilitis? Is it an infection?

Why do I get angular cheilitis? Is it an infection?

Yeast: In addition to dr raff's answer, occasionally this is the result of a yeast infection which disappears with antifungal therapy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any angular cheilitis treatments?

Chapstick: Typically, most moisturizing ointments will help. It is usually a form of chapping from saliva "drooling", licking the corners of your mouth etc. ...Read more

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When should you see a doctor for angular cheilitis?

Nutrition: This usually comes from some basic nutrient deficiency. Make sure you have a diverse, balanced diet and consider taking a vitamin supplement. If this, along with regular moisturizing, doesn't clear it up within a few weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Angular cheilitis — steroid cream or chapstix?

Depends....: Angular chelitis has many causes including vitamin b2 deficiency, candidiasis, malnutrition, cold, herpes etc. The cause of the stomatitis will determine the treatment. Steroid creams will probably exacerbate the condition. Chapstix may help soothe the crack and dryness. ...Read more

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What are the antibiotic medications for angular cheilitis treatment?

What are the antibiotic medications for angular cheilitis treatment?

Cheilits: Can try bactroban. May respond to cortisone cream. Do not lick corners of mouth. ...Read more

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Can using certain products make angular cheilitis worse or redder? Have been using blister and vaseline and it seems worse

Angular cheilitis : Is an inflammatory skin condition affecting the corners or the mouth angles. It can be a fungal, bacterial or viral infection. The condition is also often associated with vitamin B12 deficiency or ill-fitting dentures. A cream (antibacterial or fungal) and elimination of the trigger is a common treatment. Olive oil is also recommended. ...Read more

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Can jock itch cream&erthromycin ointment b used together on angular cheilitis? Is erthro topical available OTC or something like it available OTC?

Yes, you can: However, the treatment for angular cheilitis varies based on the exact causes of the condition in each individual case. See your PCP for consultation. ...Read more

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What can cause angular cheilitis?

Chelitis: Many conditions and factors can precipitate transient or chronic cheilitis, including overexposure to the sun, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, medications, dehydration, diet and certain systemic diseases. Transient cheilitis typically requires no medical intervention. Treatment for chronic cheilitis depends on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Can you use kenacomb ointment for angular cheilitis?

Hurt On The Corners: Yes, but just a plain steroid cream would probably work just as well, unless the inflammation is so bad that you develop an infection and look like The Joker. After it calms down it's important to try to keep the corners of your mouth dry. Like, use the napkin frequently, be careful chewing gum and use extra care when eating citrus, carry some tissue with you, no lip licking, As for wet kisses, well... ...Read more

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What Is The Quickest Home Remedy To Remove Angular Cheilitis?

One option: Depending on the cause of the Angular Cheilitis — applying honey may be helpful as it is has antiseptic, antibacterial & antifungal effects. Can apply to lesion for 15 minutes at a time. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I kiss my boyfriend if I have angular cheilitis caused by a bacterium?

Can I kiss my boyfriend if I have angular cheilitis caused by a bacterium?

Angular cheilitis: This is usually caused by factors other than infection, although may be secondarily overgrown with fungi, bacteria, and so on. May be treated with topical therapies and if your BF does not have an issue with this is probably OK to go ahead and kiss him. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter treatment can be used to heal angular cheilitis? Help!

Multivitamins: Vitamin deficiency is a cause of angular cheilitis. You may take multivitamins available over the counter. If that does not help, it would be prudent to consult a doctor. ...Read more

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What OTC treatment can be used to heal angular cheilitis? Taking multivitas and looking for something topical for pain relief and healing. Hydrocorti?

What OTC treatment can be used to heal angular cheilitis? Taking multivitas and looking for something topical for pain relief and healing. Hydrocorti?

The more lubrication: The better, I would add vitamin E and a Bcomplex for skin lubrication, and try some vaniply mixed with hydrocortisone three times a day. if not better see your derm ...Read more

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I had angular cheilitis now the area around my mouth is too dark despite my fair skin, It's embarassing what can I do?

ANGULAR CHEILITIS: ALSO, KNOWN AS PERLECHE THIS CONDITION IS OFTEN CAUSED BY A YEAST INFECTION OR BY A CONTACT DERMATITIS FROM A LIP COSMETIC.
SEE A DERMATOLOGIST WHO CAN GIVE YOU APPROPRIATE TOPICAL MEDICATIONS FOR IT. ...Read more

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Dx & treatments 4 angular cheilitis during long term abx treatment. R there tests 2 tell if it's caused by fungus, bacteria or both? The Best treatments?

Wrong question: Angular cheilitis is due to SALIVA. While treatment against yeast and staph may sometimes be useful, they are of peripheral interest. Most of these are in older people who have lost teeth. They have a deep fold of skin which draws in saliva by capillary action, usually during sleep. Protection of the skin from saliva is key. Apply vaseline [Aquaphor] at bedtime and several times a day. Chapstick i ...Read more

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Lips are generally very dry & chapped no matter how much lip balm I use. Often have attacks of angular cheilitis. Dr says nothing can be done about it?

Lips are generally very dry & chapped no matter how much lip balm I use. Often have attacks of angular cheilitis. Dr says nothing can be done about it?

2 things come to: Mind: 1. Have you had your B vitamin levels checked? If they are low, this could cause your problem 2. Chronic yeast infection of the lips could cause your symptoms. Have you tried an antifungal? Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Painful Cracks At The Corners Of Mouth (Definition)

(angular cheilitis) uncomfortable broken skin at the ...Read more